EL PASO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the El Paso port of entry arrested a 21-year-old El Paso man who was being sought by the El Paso Police Department on two counts of sexual assault of a child. The arrest was made Sunday.
"CBP officers working at area ports of entry this weekend identified and took custody of six people being sought by law enforcement agencies," said Hector Mancha, U.S. Customs and Border Protection El Paso Port Director. "The vigilance exhibited by CBP officers on a daily basis is leading to these apprehensions."
The arrest was made shortly before noon at the Ysleta international crossing when Carlos Eduardo Rios entered the port as a pedestrian and presented his passport to the CBP officer working at the primary inspection booth. The CBP officer queried the document and received notification that Rios was being sought by local law enforcement. CBP officers took the subject into custody and confirmed the warrant. Rios was turned over to the El Paso County Sheriff's office and booked into the El Paso County Jail where he is currently detained.
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.